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      06-21-2012, 04:49 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Finally! BMW Office (iDrive Email & Text Message) Integration with iPhone on iOS6

Good news for iPhone users. iOS6 is finally supporting iDrive Office integration via Bluetooth MAP(Message Access Profile). Bluetooth MAP is the protocol used to retrieve email messages through iDrive, which currently only works with Blackberry and a few other devices.

Couple shots of my wireless non USB connection using my iPhone 4S with iOS6 Beta 1. iOS6 Beta 1 is still a little buggy but this is a great start. I suspect the (Sender Unknown) header will be fixed with the next beta release.

I am also running the latest Connected Drive Bluetooth and USB update from BMW. BMW Update Link

Update 06/25/2012: iOS6 Beta 2 released today. The senders name now displays in the message header. SMS Messages are still flagged as Email and not text messages but are still readable and functional.


Update 09/19/2012: iOS6 GM was released today. Only SMS messages are currently working with the release. Email messages are currently not working.

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      06-21-2012, 05:00 AM   #2
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This is excellent news. Can't wait.
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      06-21-2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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Do you have BMW Apps? Or is this something we would see regardless of that (as long as you have the most up to date combox version).
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      06-21-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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Do you have BMW Apps? Or is this something we would see regardless of that (as long as you have the most up to date combox version).
No you wouldn't need Apps as the functionality is not under the Apps section of the iDrive.
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      06-21-2012, 07:45 AM   #5
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I have a 2011 M3. Would I just need iOS6 and the updated iDrive software to run this? I'm not quite sure if I have iDrive Office...
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      06-21-2012, 08:16 AM   #6
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I have a 2011 M3. Would I just need iOS6 and the updated iDrive software to run this? I'm not quite sure if I have iDrive Office...
You should have Office in your main menu. Software update is most easily done via vehicle settings in iDrive.
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      06-21-2012, 08:46 AM   #7
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      06-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #8
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So if i have a 2010 M3 with october 2009 build, it wont have it i guess? can it be added by a simple software update?
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So if i have a 2010 M3 with october 2009 build, it wont have it i guess? can it be added by a simple software update?
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BMW Office has been available since 09/10-on production with the Combox.
There's no Combox in your 2010 M3. Search for the Combox retrofit for details.
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Sweet! I've been waiting for this! Now just gotta wait till this fall when apple releases iOS6.
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      06-21-2012, 12:58 PM   #12
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This is AWESOME! I'm so glad to see this post.
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Yeah, nice one tip - that's really good to know!
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Very excited about this. It is one of the cooler features on the tech side imo and it's nice to see it will finally work with my iphone.
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Does this work only through the bluetooth connection, or will it also work through the USB connection?
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Great work. Thanks for the pics and post.
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I don't have office in my main menu... Will I after a software update? (Canada, no BMW apps)
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I hope it's disabled while the car is moving.
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Does this work only through the bluetooth connection, or will it also work through the USB connection?
+1. Good question. I'd like to know as well.
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Does this work only through the bluetooth connection, or will it also work through the USB connection?
The data exchange between the Phone and iDrive uses Bluetooth (MAP). You can use the USB connection for charging and other purposes but contacts, mail and texts is via Bluetooth

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I don't have office in my main menu... Will I after a software update? (Canada, no BMW apps)
Are you paired to a bluetooth supported phone?

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I hope it's disabled while the car is moving.
I have had a chance to test this yet but I suspect that it is not disabled while driving. The Read Out Loud feature will help you keep your eyes on the road while managing messages.
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Freakin awesome. I been so disappointed with the apps package using my iPhone. Useless until text and email are integrated.
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Does Texting include contact photos? I feel like this is something that other phones do. Can the car really read it to you like in the commercial?
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